Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a chakra color. We could use a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoyed the challenge of choosing a chakra color to write about. When you use color in your poetry, it helps others connect emotionally to your poem.
When we employ the psychology of color, our symbolism deepens in meaning. For example, I used the color blue, which can also allude to one being sad or morose. However, when we employ the chakra color theory to our symbolism, we learn the color blue is associated with “heaven, or pure mind.”
Jules chose the green (heart chakra). She used the color in specific ways. Kaeru (the frog) is green, and she wrote about love in her haibun. Notice how the symbolism in her poem deepened the meaning. Those connections to the heart chakra came through loud and clear. Usually, the color green implies jealousy, but not when we use chakra color theory.
Whew! What a week! I’ve been working on some creative projects this week, so I’ve been extra busy. Our contractor should finish the last bathroom on Tuesday! I can’t wait for this chapter of home renovations to be over.
👉🏻 🥳 👉🏻 I came across this blog post by Ken Hume HERE about writing poetry with your whole life. This is a great read! Please stop by Ken’s blog and share your thoughts. 👏🏻
Harmony picked a tough theme this week. What did your longest day look like? This week, I went with Sarah David’s shadorma poem, “Solstice.” The summer solstice was my first thought on the theme of the longest day. I liked the flow of this poem. Sarah captures the essence of the summer solstice in so few words.
We’re almost at the end of our bathroom renovation. One more week… because of a cracked counter top which had to be replaced. By next weekend, we should be finished, fini, terminado, done!! I miss writing poetry! I am renovation’d out! It’s been a long year and a half of waiting for contractors, waiting for supplies, and waiting for it all to be over. If you’ve never done renovations, let me tell you, it’s messy, dirty, and hugely disruptive. We’re almost at the finish line!
Many thanks to all of you for writing syllabic poetry this week. I apologize for the time it took me to read and comment on your poems. On top of the renovations, we found another leak under the sink, and my Wi-Fi/computer had hiccups again! The plumber gets another call tomorrow, and I think I solved the issues with my Wi-Fi. Trouble shooting is a wonderful thing.
I want to thank Willow for providing the photo of the statue from St. Pancras station. Margaret, from FROM PYRENEES TO PENNINES shares more information about the statue and the station, which I found really interesting.
This statue inspired a wide range of poetry. I loved how everyone interpreted this piece of art differently. That’s important to your poetry and sharing what you see or feel is the whole idea behind Ekphrastic poetry.
Reena’s Blason poem really spoke to me. The form is interesting—a new form for me. Also, I detected some negative energy from the statue, as did a few other poets. (This was before I read Margaret’s informative post about the statue).
Reena’s poem is an excellent example of selecting the perfect form to portray the “spirit” of the statue.
“Blason is a genre of poetry committed to the praise or blame of something through the use of a series of images that support the theme. It is a variation of the ancient Catalogue Poem. From French heraldry, blason translates as “the codified description of a coat of arms” Originally French poet, Clement Marot, wrote a poem praising a woman by listing parts of her body with metaphors to compare with them. Parts of the female body became a recurring topic of the Blason and continues to be the focus, although other subjects could be adapted.
Although the concept of the Blason can be applied to any verse form such as the sonnet or Blank Verse, the Blason often takes the form of octosyllabic or decasyllabic verse that ends with an epigraphic conclusion.
The Blason is often • framed at the discretion of the poet, although lines are often syllabic, 8 or 10 syllables long. • composed with a list of different images of the same thing with accompanying metaphors. • written with a sharp conclusion.”
This week, I’ve asked Reena Saxena to choose the photo prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your image (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to email@example.com. Thanks.
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.
It’s been a crazy week! Our bathroom renovations are coming along nicely. The contractor is working hard to get this job done. On top of all of this turmoil, my husband got the flu! He was totally incapacitated for about three days.
Then, on Sunday, I received a few posts from bloggers telling me that my previous blog theme was making comments difficult. So, I took care of that with this newer theme. It’s a work in progress so if something is off, I’ll get around to fixing it this week. I’m sorry for all the inconvenience.
If you haven’t read the post featuring the winners of the Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest, you can find that here: WINNERS
I want to thank our amazing poetry community for all we do for each other. I love writing syllabic poetry with you each week and look forward to many more challenges. 💜💚💛
I loved the positive message this series sends to us all. Visit Yvette’s blog to see the stunning photo of her trip to Arizona. The colors are amazing!
This week, I’ve asked Yvette to choose the specific form for next month’s challenge for us to learn more about. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
What a wild couple of weeks it’s been. The new floors are in! Both of the upstairs bathrooms will be gutted and replaced, starting today. So, if I appear distracted, I probably am! I can shut my door while the worst of the tear out takes place, so that will help. I will post the Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest results on July 13, 2022. This is a busy and exciting week!
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. I asked everyone to use a color and a bit of weather to make our poetry interesting.
I think everyone missed writing syllabic poetry! I know color poetry is a favorite and with the addition of weather in our poetry; the imagery was extra special. It was fun to see photos of where you live, as well. We’re all from around the globe. It’s like going on a picturesque, poetic journey with you all.
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write tanka prose. There is a ton of information in this post. Please READ through to the end.
We’re coming up on the six-year anniversary of #TankaTuesday in August, and I’m sure by now everyone knows how to craft their own tanka prose. REMEMBER… tanka prose is always at the least, one prose paragraph, and one tanka poem. Not just a tanka poem…. follow the rules of the challenge. 💜 💚 💛
We typically write tanka in the 5-7-5-7-7 or s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose always contains a title. One basic requirement: one paragraph, and one tanka. There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation), and the Poem Tale (episodic narration).No rhyming.
More on tanka prose HERE by Charles Tarlton, Toward a Theory and Practice of Tanka-Prose
READ the in-depth post below on how to write tanka prose
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Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest
Don’t forget, there will not be a #TankaTuesday post on Tuesday, June 21st. Instead, Word Craft Poetry will sponsor a syllabic poetry contest with prizes. Make sure you visit wordcraftpoetry.com on Tuesday to learn about the contest. It will run from Tuesday, 6/21/22 – Sunday, 6/26/22.
The contest is open to our writing and poetic community. Pay attention to the rules. If you don’t follow the directions, I will disqualify your submission.
I will be on vacation from June 27 through July 4, 2022. I’ll return with a new #TankaTuesday post on July 5, 2022.
Also new on the blog is a widget (at the right) that lists the names of the poets who I’ve asked to select the prompts for the different challenges for the current month. I will include this information in the challenge post and in the recap each week. Since we won’t have a photo prompt or theme prompt in June, I’ve moved the poets to the July posts.
Email with Gmail seems to be an issue for many of us. My email for word craft poetry is email@example.com. You can also contact me HERE. BELOW, you can sign up for my daily blog post email so you never lose track of a challenge again.
Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets
💜 July Specific Form: Lisa, the VerseSmith
💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow
💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony
Finally, on to the challenge! Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
This week, I chose Lisa’s tanka prose to feature. Written in the first person, Lisa’s poem takes the reader on a journey into her garden. I enjoyed the experience! How about you?
This is an excellent example of ThePreface (explanation): This is where the prose paragraph is narrow, concerned with only providing the reader a factual summary of the basic information including the time and place, the name of a person, or a public occasion as the reason for writing on the set topic. A tanka follows the prose. Or you can write your tanka as the preface, and your prose reflects on the tanka.
“Such a Strange June”
I’m working in the garden, weeding, pruning, the ordinary tasks for summer’s approach. Heat on my head, as I’ve forgotten the hat I’d promised to wear. It’s sitting on the dowry chest in my bedroom where I can’t miss it, yet so often do. Skies suddenly darken. Sprinkles begin to dot the deck with splotches, reminding me of the markings on a dog I once had. Soon the clouds fully open and release a deluge. I race for the house, calling my now-dog to follow. Yarrow flattens. Poppies bow their heads. Gutters overflow. Tomorrow, with the sun dazzling through the cleansed air, the garden will glister.
When you split the tanka by reading the first three lines together, you clearly understand the pivot (a sudden shower). Notice how the pivot gives us what the Japanese call the mono no aware moment? Mono no aware recognizes the transient nature of all things. A sudden shower is temporary…
Now, read the tanka poem starting with line three (the pivot) and include lines four and five. Here, you connect with another layer of meaning.
Clearly, the tanka reflects back to the prose. Remember, make your prose memorable. Share the beauty of the moment.
This week, I’ve asked Lisa, the VerseSmith, to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. The idea was to share some aspect of your day (or week). This is a way to get to know each other better. I enjoy this challenge so much. It’s great to get a more personal glimpse into your lives. 💜
I love this challenge! You all did a fabulous job this week! Thanks for joining in.
I’ve set the date for the Word Weaving Syllabic Poetry Contest! The contest will kick off on June 21, 2022, the Summer Solstice. On that date, I’ll post the rules, the prize amounts, and the length of the contest. MARK YOUR CALENDARS.
Please be aware that I won’t post a #TankaTuesday challenge that week. I’m sure you would rather submit your poetry for a chance to win some prize money. 💜
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org, using the theme of “useful.”
Whew! Kerfe’s selection of “useful” for the theme this week sure produced some great poetry. I found the theme a significant challenge, which is exactly what we want. There were so many ways to look at “useful.”
This week, I chose Harmony Kent’s Alouette to feature. Not only does the message resonate with the theme of useful, but the advice is spot-on (useful) for many of us in a busy world. Check out Harmony’s blog for the rules on how to write an Alouette. <3
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo below.
When David sent me this photo, I immediately saw the potential in the image. It was a photo of his father taking photos. The best part—we couldn’t see what he was seeing. That left so much room for speculation on our parts. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect inspiration for crafting great poetry! At the same time, the photo was deeply personal to our friend, as his father had passed.
The exploration of “what was beyond the photo lens” resulted in some of the best poetry I’ve read in a long time. Could this be a lesson for us in finding inspiration? The next time you find yourself stuck because you don’t know what to write about, imagine yourself behind the lens of a camera… what do you see?
I found Reena’s gogyohka, written in breathy phrases, to be a powerful read!
This tanka by Tzvi Fievel shares some amazing imagery!
Willow’s nonet, The Lens of the Soul, written both forward and backward is an excellent example of the nonet form. When you read the poem the first way, you get one meaning, but the more powerful meaning comes from reading the poem in the reverse.
This week, I’ve asked Willow to choose the #PhotoPrompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your photo (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to email@example.com. Thanks.
What a busy week it’s been! I’ve spent most of the week digging garden beds, planting plants, trees, and bushes. Afterward I had to cover everything up with mulch. After the long winter inside, it felt wonderful to be outside. I’ve lugged so many bags of mulch… I wore myself out! Hopefully, the week ahead will see me writing poetry again!
Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week, Sally Cronin selected the form for us to work with. She chose the butterfly cinquain. The Butterfly Cinquain is an unrhymed, nine-line syllabic poem with 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.
You all outdid yourselves this week!! Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
Writing syllabic poetry has its challenges. One challenge that is often overlooked is the message. Do you ask yourself why am I writing this poem? What message do I want to send to my readers? Am I only writing pretty words (purple prose) on this page? What is the point of this poem?
I want to draw attention to Sally Cronin’s poem HERE, because the message is crystal clear. Of course, not everything has to be stated in order for you to get the gist of the poem. As you can see, Sally’s words flow effortlessly.
This week, I selected Gwen’s butterfly cinquain to feature. Her poem carries a powerful message as well. Notice how effortlessly she conveys her message?
This week, I’ve asked Gwen Plano to choose the specific form for us to learn more about on next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
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